Ship profile: American Spirit, Star and Glory
American Cruise Lines offers Chesapeake Bay cruises emphasizing history, nature and wildlife. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / April 24, 2009)
Ports of call: Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage, East Coast Inland Passage
2009 sailing dates: May 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13; Oct. 25, 31; Nov. 1, 7
Built: 2002 (Glory), Spirit (2005), Star (2007) by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury
Staterooms: 31 to 52, some with private balconies
Guest capacity: 49 to 100
Registry: United States
Features/amenities: The cruises highlight nature, history, culture and American heritage with lectures, excursions and activities. While there are no casinos or shows, the ships have libraries, lounges and an observation deck.
Restaurants: The main dining salon seats all passengers at the same time and offers menus that reflect the local region.